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Sridhar Balaram

Managing Director & Founder

Intech Additive Solutions

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TRANSITIONING IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY Additive Manufacturing industry is transitioning into production mode

Aug 18, 2022

...says Sridhar Balaram, Managing Director & Founder, Intech Additive Solutions. In an interview with Neha Basudkar Ghate, he shares his thoughts on how Additive Manufacturing is revolutionising the different manufacturing segments, and at the same time shares the potential of the industry in the coming years. Excerpts...

How is Additive Manufacturing evolving the manufacturing industry? What are the different manufacturing segments benefiting from AM?

The metal Additive Manufacturing industry is constantly transforming itself. In the coming years, there will be hardware and software for simplified solutions & increased ease of use for new users of AM. Machines will be more driven by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI). This technology will transition into a software-driven hardware manufacturing system in the coming years. Metal AM is an absolute front runner in digital manufacturing that is opening several disruptions, including remote and nearshore manufacturing.

Today, the Additive Manufacturing industry is transitioning into the production mode. An increase in the availability of new materials for Metal AM, lowering of rapid manufacturing prices, increased speed of printing, stabilisation of process & standards, reduction of machine prices, & development of intelligent software loaded with AI and Machine Learning (ML) are enabling Metal AM to stay progressive. Numerous industries, including aerospace, dental, automotive, healthcare, and academic & R&D organisations, heavily rely on and benefit from Additive Manufacturing.

How is 3D Printing optimising manufacturing segments?

A few potential values of Additive Manufacturing technology compared to traditional production methods does exist. Through software and digitalisation, Additive Manufacturing can virtually create any 3D shape. Designers have the power to create parts that perform better or are more economical than conventional alternatives. With an increased production rate, AM machines are using several lasers that are increasing stability and reliability of the process. These machines can make parts without the use of moulds or set tooling making mass-scale customisation possible. Product development and production are also accelerated, which speeds up time to market by removing labour-intensive tool making, fabrication processes and human error.

Can you tell us about your partnership with 3D Engineering Automation?

We have partnered with 3D Engineering, Pune, a reputable and well-established reseller in the industry. Through their team of professionals, we are connecting with potential clients across various industries throughout India. This relationship will increase our market visibility and help us expand our presence.

Going forward, how do you foresee the company’s future in this financial year?

We have already made our move to Europe. We will keep up the momentum with a keen focus on Europe and simultaneously knocks on the apac doors with world-class software, design, and hardware solutions. On the technology side, there is an absolute focus on rethinking design or Design for AM (DfAM), a significant weightage on generative design software, which has helped comb and identify thousands of parts for series production. Design is one of the critical aspects of digital manufacturing and it will play a huge role in future processes. Value added design and application will lead to new innovations and product designs.

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